Israeli sources: Assad's survival of Syrian strife preferred

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 18, 2013 07:41

The scenario that Syrian President Bashar Assad would survive his country's bloody conflict, yet with reduced power, would be preferred by Israel in contrast to a takeover by rebel factions with Islamic extremist inklings, The Times of London cited an Israeli official as saying Friday.

“Better the devil we know than the demons we can only imagine if Syria falls into chaos and the extremists from across the Arab world gain a foothold there,” one senior Israeli intelligence officer was quoted as saying.

A weakened, but intact Assad regime would be preferable for Syria and the Middle East, the Time reported intelligence sources saying.


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